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I think you already proved yourself "worthy of it" just by having purchased it. When I picked mine up, with the exception of being in the restroom, it was no more than two feet from me for the first 9-10 days. Of course, being that I had ankle surgery only two days later, and was house-ridden, I guess there was more to it than it just being a "fine piece of technology"...lol. The Nexus 7 is capable of doing everything I wanted/needed it to do, and I saved $300-450 over the cost of a Transformer that would have had the exact same SoC (ie. CPU/GPU combo, for those who might not understand, though I expect those to be far & few between). The Nexus 7 is to tablets what the MX-5 Miata is to cars...the BEST "Bang For The Buck".
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I'm just curious, but just HOW does having to wait a week "put a bad taste in your mouth"??? If you order anything online, from most companies, it's going to take a week, and sometimes more, unless you opt to pay extra for faster 2-day, or overnight, shipping. You're also forgetting that you placed your order on the very day it was announced. Try ordering, even from Apple, something on the same day it's announced, and I'll (virtually) guarantee it will take at least the same amount of time. When the iPad 2 was announced, I knew someone who placed their order the same day, and it took 9 days for him to receive it...and, like myself, he lives IN San Jose, where Apple is located. So much for your "Google ain't Apple" comment, as that shows Apple can be just like any other company when it comes to shipping. Looking at it in the opposite direction, I pre-ordered my Nexus 7 (although I will mention I pre-ordered it from Game Stop, and not directly from Google), and was given a specific date that it would arrive on. A week before the specified/scheduled arrival date, Game Stop called to let me know they had arrived. So, viewed this way, being that the shipment arrived a week ahead of schedule, I'd be under the assumption...and a pretty accurate one (at least in this case)...that, you're right..."Google ain't Apple"...Google is BETTER than Apple.
Yes, it's a "nice option", but if you want an Android tablet that does the proverbial "everything but the kitchen sink", then don't be so cheap, and go buy yourself a Transformer...at 3x the cost, I might add. Of course, if you were spend a little time searching and reading, you would find that there IS a way to do what you want, still using the Nexus 7.
You can't HONESTLY tell me you NEED to have multiple movies stored on it ALL the time. This is exactly the type of "stinkin' thinking" I've referred to in all my previous posts (in multiple blogs, I might add...not just the aforementioned Engadget postings). There's enough in a 16GB Nexus 7 to have everything I've got installed, PLUS 2-3 additional movies. Four movies, at ANY given point in time, should be more than enough for any person. If you didn't install all the games I have, you'd even have room for another 2-3 movies, thus a grand total of 5-7 movies, and if you want me to believe that even that's not enough...well, you've got far more serious problems than anyone could have imagined. I know that sounds harsh...extremely harsh, maybe...but I'm only telling the truth.
Unless you're telling me your "technically-challenged", and incapable of deleting movies once watched, followed by transferring new movies, again, there's NO reason why 16GB isn't enough. If you had a portable DVD/Blu-ray player, and were bringing physical discs with you, are you really going to tell me you'd be bringing a dozen movies? Of course not. Why? Because it's idiotic. You'd bring 3-4 movies, at most, knowing that any more would be a waste of space. This is no different, with the exception of the movies being in digital format, instead of physical discs. Your false belief of "needing more than 16GB" has nothing to do with an y realistic "need". The ONLY thing it has to do with is an unrealistic "want"...nothing more, nothing less.
Notice I didn't even talk about the music issue (which, I know, you didn't mention, but I felt it worth bringing up, as it has been brought up by many others, in other blogs), as anyone who feels the need to load a tablet with music is...please, pardon me for saying this...an idiot. It makes about as much sense...and takes about as much intelligence...as, say, taking photos/video with a tablet (since the third-most complained about item related to the Nexus 7 is its lack of a rear-facing camera, which it doesn't need).
I'm not trying to put you down, so, please, don't take it that way. What I AM putting down is this false, and completely ridiculous/idiotic belief that one must load their tablets with music & videos, which is NOT what tablets were designed for. Yes, they were partially designed for watching videos, and loading them with a few movies is great, but believing that one "needs" to load them with multiple movies would be equivalent to...say...packing a portable TV to take on a camping trip. If you're going on a camping trip, experience nature, as intended...if you want to watch TV (or multiple movies), then stay home.
@Groovy23 Honestly, there's no real need for it. I've written (as several others have, as well) about this countless times on Engadget, yet people still don't seem to get it. In short, I have 96 apps installed, including updates to pre-installed apps (that includes almost 30 games), as well as over a dozen books, and even a movie, downloaded...not "in the cloud", but actually downloaded, onto the Nexus 7...and I STILL have just under 8GB remaining. If you actually sit down, and think about things, any intelligent person would realize how 16GB can EASILY be enough...more than enough, actually.
When Verizon first announced the plan, I thought as you did. Of course, not all the details had been released at that point in time (such as the unlimited talk...no more monthly minute "allowances"). After the plan took effect, and after I purchased the Nexus 7, I decided to check more into it...and, while it does cost more than I was paying, I am ALSO saving money. I was on the "Nationwide 450" plan. Under this plan, adding mobile hotspot ability to my phone would have added $20. Upgrading to unlimited minutes would have added another $30, so now we're up to an additional $50.
Since I wanted to add mobile hotspot, that is, as I mentioned above, why I checked into the idea of switching plans. Having switched, my bill, including taxes, only went up $18, plus change. it's like getting a slight discount on the mobile hotspot ability, and them tossing in the unlimited minute upgrade for free. Maybe it's time for you to switch carriers (besides, AT&T is the lowest rated carrier of the major four, with Verizon being rated #1). I don't know what AT&T is charging you, but I can (virtually) guarantee you'll get a LOT more with Verizon, AND you will save money in doing so.
No worries..."brain farts" is something I not only completely understand, but 'excel' at, from time-to-time. Something that needs to be, or should be, pointed out, is that you DON'T need a separate mobile hotspot. Most smartphones have their own built-in mobile hotspot. Of course, there are pluses, as well as minuses, to using your phone's built-in hotspot ability, just as there are pluses & minuses to using a stand-alone hotspot. For example, using a phone's built-in hotspot means one less device to carry. On the other hand, with every carrier, except Verizon, having a stand-alone hotspot means the ability for said hotspot to have its own dedicated data plan, which wouldn't draw from your phone's data plan, which is what happens (again, with the exception of Verizon) when you use your cell phone's built-in hotspot.
As for Verizon, they stand apart from the other carriers, due to their new "Share Everything" plan, which works the exact opposite way of everyone else. With all other carriers, you first select your talk/text plan, and then add data to the phones you want to add data to, with each phone having its own data plan. With Verizon's "Share Everything plan", you select your data first, from 2GB to 20GB (you automatically get UNLIMITED talk & text for ALL phones/tablets) per month, and then you decide how many phones and/or 3G/4G tablets (Wi-Fi-only tablets, such as the Nexus 7, don't cost extra, as they don't draw 'direct' data) you wish to add, all of which share from the data "pool", so-to-speak. With Verizon's "Share Everything" plan, there is NEVER a need for a stand-alone mobile hotspot. This is something worth considering if anyone is considering switching carriers (and, no, I do not work for Verizon, or any business dealing with cell phone products/service...I custom-build computers, and work in the restaurant industry).
I know, for me, I not only "considered" it, it's what I do. When I'm at home, or anyplace with free Wi-Fi (Starbucks, most airports, many malls, libraries, etc), I connect via Wi-Fi, but when I'm someplace that doesn't have free Wi-Fi, I use my phone's built-in mobile hotspot, and, considering my cell plan gives me free mobile hotspot usage, I might as well. While I don't have 'unlimited' data (I've currently selected a 4GB plan, but could jump to the 6GB plan if/when I feel the need), considering how little I actually use (since I'm connected to Wi-Fi more often than naught), it's as close as one can get to having "unlimited", without actually having unlimited.
I've had my Nexus 7 since about two weeks after they started shipping. Unfortunately, my first unit was slightly defective (the same screen-not-properly-adhered-to-the-case issue, as reported by others), but I returned it to the Game Stop I pre-ordered it from, picking up a brand-new unit as its replacement, and I haven't had a single problem since. I've got almost 30 games, plus numerous other apps, installed on my Nexus 7, and I still have approximately half the units capacity available for use in installing other apps. For those who complain that 16GB isn't enough storage capacity, all I can say is, they haven't the slightest clue what they're talking about. The Nexus 7 combines the power of the top-of-the-line Transformer series tablets, with the price of the cheap imports, and even then, it's also running the latest version of Android. That's a combination that CAN'T be beat...period.